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A Conversation With Andrea DuCane | Winter Garden Yoga, Brian Friedman

*Audio and Video Version* “The First Lady of Kettlebell”, Andrea DuCane and Brian Friedman present a podcast that is truly a cut above the rest. This episode contains a complete collection of insider’s perspective that’s a gold mine of information. Whether you’re a yoga person, a kettlebell athlete, or a person of a certain age, it’s a sure thing … you’ll benefit from checking this out! Andrea has worked with clients of all levels from all over the world. For decades, Ms. DuCane has been at the forefront of the fitness industry. She’s carefully sifted through what works … and more [...]

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Training Special Populations

Why focus on Special Populations? Let’s discuss the unglamorous fitness market of Special Populations (SP). This large group includes: seniors, de-conditioned, post re-hab and pregnant women. For the purpose of this article I will focus on seniors and de-conditioned populations. Many of us have lots of clients that fit into this category. That’s why it is important to realize we are much more than a personal trainer, we are the first line of defense against life’s effects and lifestyle choices. Our success working with this SP is the ability to safelyand effectivelylead them to a place of health and fitness.I believe the [...]

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Where and How To Grab The Kettlebell Handle

As I travel around the country, I find there is a lot of confusion about where to grab the kettlebell handle—in the middle or in the corner? It is understandable that people are confused. After all, kettlebell training is still reasonably new to the broader public and it IS a very unique training tool. I hope to clarify some of this confusion and explain why certain grips are better for certain exercises, while some are definitely not appropriate for others. The simplest way to break it down is to look at where you grab the kettlebell on the handle: the center or [...]

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A Sensible Approach To RKC Prep

What’s the first thing you think of when preparing for the RKC? Most people instantly think of the dreadedSNATCH Test! It’s understandable—after all, the RKC Snatch Test is a test of a candidate’s conditioning, and how well they’ve trained to complete 100 snatches within 5 minutes with the appropriate kettlebell for their weight class. It is meant to be a challenge. Everyone will agree, you have to earn your RKC—it’s not just given away to anyone who attends an RKC workshop. So, it’s no surprise that most of the questions and information out there about preparing for an RKC workshop are focused on how to successfully [...]

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Why the Single-Leg Dead Lift Should Be One Of Your Go-To Leg Exercises

Why do I love single-leg deadlifts so much?  Well, for one thing nothing works the butt and legs quite like it.  Add the extra benefit to the back, core, lower legs and feet and you have a full body exercise.  As Gray Cook likes to say, “Maintain your squat and TRAIN your deadlift” – especially the single-leg deadlift. I have to share with you a personal story; I’ve had four Patellar dislocations. Yes, FOUR! The first one happened after a two-hour ballet/pointe class. The second happened in the middle of a jazz dance class. The third happened when my tango [...]

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Interview: Andrea Du Cane on the 2016 Dragon Door Health and Strength Conference

Q & A with Dragon Door Author, Andrea Du Cane about her upcoming presentation at the 2016 Dragon Door Health and Strength Conference Secrets of The Windmill: A Deep Dive into The Athletic Benefits of This Remarkable Yet Under-Utilized Exercise Dragon Door: Why are you a big fan of the windmill, and why do you think we don’t normally hear about this exercise much? Andrea Du Cane: I think it’s not so much that we don’t hear about the exercise, I think that it’s misunderstood. I think people tend to not fully understand the purpose of the windmill, its uses, or how to perform [...]

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The Importance of Movement: Simple Strategies To Add It To Your Life

I just had an eye opening experience that gave me a new appreciation for the importance of creating an ageless body. I recently had minor surgery, and for about 3 days afterwards I moved like a very elderly person. Needing help to get up and down the stairs and in and out of chairs. I thought, so this is what it’s like to not have the strength or mobility to live a “normal” life. Thank goodness this was only temporary, but for many people it’s their life. I truly believe we have the ability to control much the aging process. There [...]

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Abs: So Many Ways To Train Them – myths and truths

In the pursuit of getting a “six pack” or even flat abs, I’d like to touch on a couple of myths and provide some sound information. First of all, getting a six pack requires more than just abdominal crunches or planks. The most important element to getting a six-pack is diet. Yes, I know, no one wants to hear it. We all want to believe “spot reducing or target training” alone with give us those washboard abs. It just ain’t going to happen without a proper, low carb and calorie restricted diet. So if a six-pack is at the top of [...]

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Kettlebell Workouts: A completely unique total body workout

A number of years ago I wrote an article for Twin Cities Wellness introducing and explaining Pilates as a fabulous fitness program. I still believe in Pilates and continue to teach classes. I now want to introduce you to a new and completely unique total body workout. That’s a tall order, an all-in-one fitness program. It is very rare to run across a completely new and different form of exercise–one that includes strength training, muscular endurance, cardiovascular health and fat loss, in one workout! The Russian kettlebell is a time-tested system of strength and endurance training. I would like to [...]

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The Goddess Workouts

Act it, Live it, Look It, Be It, Feeeeeel It! How to Be Every Inch A Goddess, Look Like An Immortal… And Feel Like Heaven By Andrea Du Cane, Senior RKC I have arranged for These Six Powerful Kettlebell Goddess Workouts to Destroy the Pitiful Earthling in You and Replace it With a Bona Fide Godly Bod. Just DO the darn things and I personally guarantee your results.” —Zeus, Mount Olympus So…which Goddess do you want to be today? There is finally a simple way to become the Goddess you’ve always wanted to be. My Kettlebell Goddess Workout DVD helps you do just [...]

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